Listing of Events

Through March

Commentary (Tafseer) of the Holy Qur’an Conducted by Shaykh M S Bahmanpour
Venue: Islamic Centre of England, 140 Maida Vale, London W9 1QB
Time: Every Friday starting at 7:30 PM


A Room for Damascus A V&A Display of an 18th Centurymain reception room in Syrian upper class houses.

These rooms were the focus of hospitality and the objects announced a family’s wealth and status. This display is the earliest western collection of such a room.

Venue: Islamic Middle East, Room 42,
Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Rd,
London SW7 2RL, UK
Time: 10.00 AM – 5.45 PM
Fee: Free


2 March
Creative Calligraphy Course by Joumana Medlej

This non-traditional calligraphy course will not involve the use of reed pens and repetitive copying. Instead, it will return to the original source of Arabic calligraphy,
the Kufi family of styles, and study it with a modern design approach. Kufi was the first Arabic script to be consciously made beautiful, and unlike the later round
scripts with their strict rules, it can be constantly reinvented and is not tied to any given tool or medium. Students will learn the essence of the letters and how it expresses itself in different styles; spacing, proportions and the uniquely Arabic concept of kashida; compositional approaches including the highly specialised Square Kufic. Each of these design notions will be accompanied by a practical exercise to anchor the theory and allow students to learn from each other. The course will culminate in a final project where the student chooses a word or phrase and creates their own composition for it.

Venue: Arab British Centre, 1 Gough Square, London, EC4A 3DE
Duration: 6 weeks + 4 hours Final Project (16 hours)
Time: Wednesdays, 6.00 PM – 8.00 PM
Fee: £205
More info: reative-calligraphy-march-april-2016/
3 March

Islam & The West (Academic Lecture)
The Centre for the Study of Islam and the West, Queen Mary University of London, is holding its 2016 Lecture by Professor Carole Hillenbrand (University of St
Andrews), entitled ‘Saladin: The Man and the Myth’.

Venue: Skeel Lecture Theatre, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London, London E1 4NS
Time: 6.30 PM – 9.30 PM
Entry: Free (registration required).
Register at: lecture-2016-prof-carole-hillenbrandtickets- 20105227276


4 March

Saladin & The Third Crusade
A one-day symposium that will represent the inaugural meeting of a new international research network examining the history of the Third Crusade. Speakers
include: Abdul-Rahman Azzam, Peter  Edbury, Taef El-Azhari, John Gillingham, Helen Nicholson & Linda Paterson.
Venue: Institute of Historical Research, Malet Street London, London WC1E 7HU
Time: 9.30 AM – 4.30 PM
Entry: Free (registration required).
Register at:
5 March

Muslim Heritage of Bengal
The Muslim Heritage of Bengal is an opportunity to learn about the origins of Islam in Bengal and the role it has had over the last few hundred years. A highly
relevant course to learn how Islam came and shaped Bengal and the wider area. The course will include an overview of Muslim History of Bengal from earliest
times to today, an introduction to the Life and Works of several prominent Muslim personalities.

Venue: London Muslim Centre, 82-92
Whitechapel Rd, London E1 1JQ, UK
Time: 10.00 AM – 5.00 PM
Fee: £21
Register at: e/243/
Islamophobia Awards 2016

IHRC’s Islamophobia Awards are back and in 2016 they promise to be bigger and better than ever. Including a gala dinner, the satirical awards show aims to raise
awareness of Islamophobia while poking fun at those who have outrageously displayed their prejudice for all to see over the past year. Real awards are also given to
those who have battled against Islamophobia – often against tremendous odds. There’ll also be LIVE stand-up comedy from Nabil Abdul Rashid and other entertainment.

Venue: The Clay Oven, 197 Ealing Road, Wembley, Middlesex, HA0 4LW
Time: 6.30 PM – 11.00 PM
Tickets: Range from £40 – £65
Booking: 2016
Path of Mercy

The Human Relief Foundation will be holding a 3 course dinner in aid of Syrian refugees as part of their Path of Mercy project which is aimed at helping refugees
and migrants following the current refugee crisis. The project also offers guidance and support for individuals, small groups and charities who wish to help.

Venue: Piccadilly Banqueting Suite, 372 Stratford Rd, Birmingham, B11 4AB
Time: Doors open at 6.00 PM, Start time 6.30 PM
Fee: £5
Tickets: Call 0121 439 3838
From 5 March

Level 1 Arabic Calligraphy (Females Age 13+)

Taught by Shaykh Hicham Bounni, this course will run for 6 sessions every Saturday. Become familiar with Arabic Calligraphy and different calligraphy styles;
learn to write confidently in three classical Arabic Calligraphy styles; learn to make a qalam and mix ink. Achieve a Level 1 Arabic Calligraphy Award (fully certified) at the end of the course.

Venue: Westwood High School, Kelsall Street, Oldham, Lancashire, OL9 6HR
Time: 10.00 AM – 12.00 PM
Fee: £40 (all equipment provided)
Booking: Call 07723 430 928
6 March

Ladies High Tea Me & My Best Friend

A ladies only event with guest speakers and an auction in aid of Women refugees.

Venue: Hotel Malmaison Mailbox, Birmingham, B1 1RD
Time: Doors open 12.00 PM
Tickets: £15
Booking: Call 07976 376 747
10 March 

Stop Scapegoating Muslims

A public meeting called by Stop the War Coalition in response to increased discrimination against Muslims in day-today life, including David Cameron’s
comments about the ‘traditional submissiveness’ of Muslim women, the Prevent programme in schools and the war on Syria.

Venue: Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 235 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8EP
Time: 6.30 PM


16 March

The Archaeology of Islamic Identities in Bahrain

A seminar by the Department of Theology and Religionat the University of Exeter. The seminar will be conducted by Tim Insoll (University of Manchester) whose
study explores the archaeological correlates of Islam in Bahrain, where he finds that ‘Islamic identity’ is no singular condition: communities are diverse,
exhibiting a culture that is rich, multicultural and complex.

Venue: Amory B316, University of Exeter, Exeter, Devon EX4
Time: 2.00 PM


18 March

Photo Exhibition

Sand in My Eyes
Photographer and author Enikö Nagy has spent several years collecting everyday moments in photography and the spoken word from more than 45 tribes and ethnic groups across 30,000 square kilometres of Sudan, in some of the hardest-to-access regions of the world. Presenting very different images than expected from
Sudan, this exhibition draws from more than 26,000 photos and 2,500 pieces of oral proverbs, legends, myths, poetry and songs. The London showing of the
exhibition is co-presented by the Brunei Gallery, SOAS and the Embassy of the Republic of Sudan. The book Sand in My Eyes: Sudanese Moments published in
2014 and Foreword by UNESCO, will be available from the SOAS Bookshop accompanying the exhibition.

Venue: The Brunei Gallery, SOAS University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Time: 10.30 AM – 5.00 PM
Admission: Free
20 March

Spring Funday

Organised by the Global Rahmah Foundation, a family day of fun including rides, stalls, food stalls, Mickey and Minnie mouse and a BBQ.

Venue: Jans Conference Centre, Blackburn
Time: 1.00 PM – 5.00 PM


26 March
The Grand Bake Off
Compete in The Grand Bake Off organised by Muslim Hands and help raise funds for Syrian Mothers. With four different categories to enter and opportunities to win big prizes, register your interest early and be the first to know when the official registration opens! Categories include:
Juniors, Teens, Technical and Showstopper.

Venue: The Great Hall, 1 Adelaide Rd, London, E10 5NN
For more info & fees: Email

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